Interview with Monica Mynk, Author and Speaker

Last week you read my review of new-to-me author Monica Mynk’s book, The Billboard Bride. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do. It was a cute story with lots of humor. Today, Monica has graciously agreed to be interviewed.



Monica Mynk is a wife, mother, and high school science teacher from Central Kentucky. She has worked with college, teenage, and middle-grade girls in both secular and spiritual arenas for over twenty-five years. She has also served as Bible class teacher, Bible camp counselor, ladies’ day speaker, ladies’ devotional leader, and youth coach for the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program. She has always been an avid reader and loved creative writing, and has devoted many years to independently studying the craft.

Thank you for agreeing to an interview, Monica.MonicaMynkPic


How would you describe yourself in five words?

Motivated daughter of the King


As a wife, mother, teacher, and speaker, how is it you have time to write?

Well, years ago I read a quote from Khaled Hosseini, who wrote The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (if you haven’t read these books, stop reading! Go right now and get them!). He was a doctor, and woke up at 5:00 a.m. every day to write. I thought if he can, why couldn’t I? So I force myself to. That’s how I ended up with eight books and more coming.

“Pennies make dollars, and words make novels.” – Monica Mynk


How has your writing journey impacted your faith?

Writing has certainly deepened my faith. I started writing fiction several years ago after losing my best friend to cancer. When I started, it was therapy. Friends and fellow ACFW writers like Rose McCauley, Ralene Burke, Betty Thomason Owens, and Victoria Bylin offered advice and inspiration. Now, it’s a huge part of who I am. Sometimes I write blogs about Bible journaling and contextual studies, which has been awesome! If you want to get started with Bible Journaling, I highly recommend Kathy Pollard’s blog:


How do you minister to others?

I write broken girls, as reassurance that they can find their way back to God. I speak at ladies days, mostly at Churches of Christ. My usual topic is Ungodly Clutter, which is the title of my ladies Bible study book. Other topics include Being Less, What’s Your Calling? and A Sweet-Smelling Savior. More information is available at this link:


What was your publishing journey like?

My writing journey is complicated. I was with a small publisher, but have since retained the rights to all my books. I now do everything under my DBA, Prodigal Daughter Publishing. It was a leap of faith for sure, but this works out so much better for me. I often donate books to homeless shelters and such. It’s nice to be able to purchase my own books at the Createspace price instead of having to pay extra to someone else. I’ve learned every step of the process, from cover design to editing to formatting, and sometimes (when I’m not swamped with teaching) I offer these services to other authors.

The prices listed are general, but I will try to work with an author to meet their budget when I can. I especially like to do chapter edits, which is a good way for someone who’s never had an edit to get their feet wet with the process.

Are you a planner or a seat of your pants plotter?

I’m sort of a hybrid between a pantser and planner. I free-write about 10,000 words to “find the story” then plan each chapter out in great detail. I keep a ton of notes. Otherwise, characters have odd hair color or name changes!

You have eight books out now, The Billboard Bride being the newest. What inpired you to write The Billboard Bride?

The Billboard Bride is a story for my daddy. I designed the cover, and my friend Lora Doncea edited it. It’s 100% about my stubbornness during my teen and college years. Dad is my champion and my rock, and the character of Wayne Lee was inspired by him. A farm accident and diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease have slowed him some, but we’ve had so many great farm memories over the years. I also wanted to write something light and funny, in contrast to the romantic suspense I normally write. It’s meant to poke lighthearted fun at the over-the-top bridezilla movement. Hopefully, no one in real life is stubborn enough to take things as far as Melanie did, but these days I’m not so sure. My favorite parts to write were the scenes with Gertie. It may seem kind of crazy giving a cow a personality, but true farmers know they really do have their own character.


Out of all your books, if you could be one character, which one would you be and why?

If I could be a character from one of my books, I’d be Callie from Cavernous, because of her bravery. I write brave characters in the hopes that if I ever have to face a situation so frightening, I won’t back down from my faith. Steadfast like a tree…


Who is your fictional man crush?

My fictional man crush? Hmm…great question! I think maybe Max Jacobs from Ronie Kendig’s Nightshade. His struggle with PTSD was so real and touched my heart.


What is your favorite joke? Corny or otherwise.

My favorite joke. Well, you did ask for it 🙂 What do you do with a sick chemist? Answer: If you can’t helium or curium, you have to barium.


Oh my goodness! I love that one, Monica! I am a corny joke fanatic! Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I’m always looking for reviewers and will happily send free digital copies to anyone who’s interested.


Thanks for sharing Monica! I really appreciate you taking the time to share with my readers. 


If you are interested in learning more about Monica’s books or her speaking engagements, check out her website at

The Billboard Bride by Monica Mynk


The Billboard Bride by Monica Mynk


Monica Mynk was a new to me author who delighted me with her humor and Kentucky girl antics.


The Billboard Bride is the story of a stubborn bride and an ex-pro baseball player who takes care of the crazy girl determined to spend thirteen days up on a billboard waiting for an apology from her two-timing fiance. It is a story of second chances, forgiveness, and new hope.


People who like funny, sweet romances will enjoy this well-woven story.


Being a Kentucky girl myself, I enjoyed all the nods to Kentucky country living – especially Ale-8-One, my favorite local drink. Monica really brings the small community to life – the good parts and the bad parts of small community living.


The characters were memorable and realistic. Melanie, the heroine, was a dramatic Kentucky girl whom I could see myself in so much that it had my ribs hurting from laughter. Even city-boy Kyle was a man I admired and chuckled at many a time. The poor guy was left to run a farm by himself while his grandfather was out of town. Gertie, the cow, was definitely a favorite.


The plot itself was believable and enjoyable. I won’t give anything away, but by the end, I even felt a little sorry for the two-timing fiance… well at least a very little. Both Kyle and Melanie are far from their walk with God, so there are great lessons on forgiveness and trusting in God that really resonate. Although so preaching was involved, it was well written and intriguing. I never felt preached at.


Monica’s writing was smooth, humorous, and very professional. Although she said this book was a break from her normal romantic suspense writing, I am looking forward to exploring her other books. Join me next week for an interview with Monica Mynk herself!

“Melanie Turner’s taking stubborn to new heights…

When she discovers her fiance’s infidelity mere minutes before their wedding, Melanie snatches Daddy’s shotgun and climbs a billboard on the farm neighboring the church. As family and friends plead with her, she grows more determined. She’s not coming down until that sorry Stephen climbs up and apologizes. No matter how long it takes. Problem is, Stephen’s not coming, which leaves Kyle Casey in a real bind.

His grandfather left him in charge of the farm, and he’s struggling with the responsibility. And as a permanently suspended ex-pro baseball player, he doesn’t need the publicity her melodrama’s sure to bring. His mind changes when the preacher of the church, convinces him that helping Melanie is the right thing to do. While the hours turn into days, he sits with her on the cramped billboard deck, enjoying her company far more than he should. As they both discover they’ve spent their lives focused too much on self, can this washed-up pro athlete and spoiled-rotten tomboy find a path to peace and renewal?”

– excerpt from


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